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How To

Drills for 3 Gun Shooters

I have been shooting, training, and training others for a very long time. I am not a top competitor at 3 Gun. However, I recognize 3 Gun as a lot of fun for those that love to shoot. A love of shooting must come first. Next, you may have a desire to compete for the sake of it. 3 Gun is a great thing for this. As an instructor, I recognize what it takes to win, and I hope these lines will help you to get started and be competitive. I am looking forward to comments from 3 gun shooters. I hope that they will add to my knowledge as well as yours.

Shooting a pistol with four cartridge cases in the air

Competitive Shooting

Drills for 3 Gun

Dry fire is essential. Practice handling, speed loads, dry fire, and trigger press. These drills will improve your gunhandling. Gunhandling is more important than marksmanship in some competitions. The marksmanship problem isn’t as severe as the speed problem. The following are good training sessions for any shooter, but combined will help propel you to the top of 3 Gun.

Woman wearing pink ear muffs shooting the Stoeger M3K 12 gauge shotgun

Competitive Shooting

Review: Stoeger M3k Shotgun for 3 Gun

About 18 months ago, I decided it was high time for me to try my hand at 3 Gun. Life was good; I carved out some range time and found a friend to attend with me. He had some experience running matches, so he helped me kit up and learn some practice drills. We had a great time, even if he consistently smoked my stage times.

Competition gun holster and belt.

Gear

Gearing up for 3 Gun

Getting into 3 Gun is a great excuse to pull out the gear you bought and have not used in awhile, or purchase the new toys you have had your eye on but needed the excuse. Either way, while 3 Gun is a gear intensive sport, it does not take a huge investment to get started. Over time though, there are certain pieces of gear that you’ll want to improve your game. Here is you your starter list.

Firearms

Range Report: Ruger Multi Purpose Rifle (MPR)

The new Ruger Multi Purpose Rifle (MPR) is designed for sporting use, including hunting and 3-Gun competition. It is also well suited to home or area defense and would be a good rifle for agency use. You don’t need many accessories for tactical use, but you need a reliable rifle. This is that rifle and it is affordable.

tethers on adjustment and battery caps on Lucid M7 sight

Gun Gear

Range Report: Lucid M7 Red Dot Sight

Red dot sights are not only increasingly popular, they have made strides in affordability, reliability, and accuracy. The cheap red dot sights are useful for plinking and getting the feel for a red dot optic. The mid level—over $200, but far less than $1,000—is useful for 3-gun competition and home defense. The Lucid M7 fits solidly in this category.

Colt Expanse AR-15 rifle right side

Firearms

Range Report: Colt Expanse Carbine AR-15

Colt’s cut-down price leader is still a first-class rifle, and while the author believes this rifle will be a force on the market, the question of whether it really lives up to the hype has to be answered. In the past, Colt’s rifles stood at the top of the heap on quality, and the cheaper rifles stood on cheap. Where does the the Expanse rank? Read the full article to find out.

ArmaLite M-15 3-Gun rifle with KeyMod rail and LUTH-AR stock

Competitive Shooting

ArmaLite’s M-15 3-Gun Rifles Come Out on Top

ArmaLite introduced two new models of AR-15s at SHOT Show 2015. Now in full production, the M-15 3-Gun rifles are taking competition shooters to the winners circle. Find out how these two right-out-of-the-box straight shooters are winning championships in this post.